Kayla Scintilla w/ Eve Olution at the Parish 10/30

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Kayla Scintilla is headed our way with the “Open Ancient Eyes” album release tour featuring Eve Olution with special guest Nominus. The album was just released last month on September 23rd and this coming Thursday, October 30, Kalya Scintilla brings universal shamanic journeys through his music to planet earth straight from his heart, straight to us.

How often does music really offer us the chance to traverse the cosmos, glide across dimensions beyond time and space? This show might be just the ticket. Scintilla’s music defies genres and descriptions, although their Facebook genre is listed as Alchemical Audio.

Eve Olution adds her performance art and personalized interpretation of rituals, movement, and myths. Nominus experiments with electronic production to round out the show. Experience it at the Parish on Thursday, October 30. Get your tickets now!

 

Harvest Happy Hour ft. Mayeux & Broussard at Crave

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Halloween is right around the corner! Want to kick start your festivities early? Join us on Thursday, October 30 at Crave for Harvest Happy Hour! With delicious drinks, tasty food and live music, this won’t be just any regular happy hour. Grab some friends and come try Crave’s delicious sushi and seasonal brews!

Austin’s very own Mayeux & Broussard will be providing us with live music. If you haven’t seen them yet, here’s the perfect opportunity. With their hard-edge version of Texas country music, these guys bring something new to the table every time.

Consider this your invitation to indulge on complimentary appetizers and bites, including caprese, sushi, flatbread, and dessert stations! Sip on some seasonally-inspired drafts and cocktails with satisfying happy hour prices.

Don’t be afraid to dress up in your costume and get the Halloween weekend started, it’s encouraged! Be sure to RSVP on Do512 for entry, as the first 100 RSVP’d attendees to show up will also receive a free drink ticket upon arrival and a special Crave swag bag.

Go Zero to Infinity for F1 with Red Bull Racing 10/29

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Fasten Your Seatbelts: The Formula 1 United States Grand Prix and Fan Fest are back next week! Jump start the festivities with Red Bull Racing on Wednesday, October 29 as drivers Daniel Ricciardo and four-time F1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel will be burning rubber up and down Congress Avenue.

Kicking off the annual United States Grand Prix race weekend, the event starts at 12:00 p.m. on the corner of Congress Avenue and 7th Street at the foot of the iconic Texas Capitol building. An introduction to the drivers will then be followed by high speed runs in the F1 car and the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge prototype, which features bespoke carbon fiber bodywork, F1-inspired aerodynamics and a powerful twin-turbo 3.8-liter V6 engine.

Infiniti Red Bull Racing drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel will drive Vettel’s 2011 Championship Formula One car and the 560-horsepower Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge prototype. A few lucky fans will also be selected from the crowd to go for an unforgettable ride with Vettel and Ricciardo!

LOCATION: Congress Avenue between 7th and 11th

TIME: 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (spectators advised to arrive early)

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Find out more on Do512, and see more of Red Bull’s Events for F1 Weekend!

Things You Should Know about Fun Fun Fun Fest

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Fun Fun Fun Fest is just two weeks away! Here are some things you should know:

  • You can start planning your weekend with the brand new FFF app, which features all of the set times, maps, a Taco Locator, as well as the full NITES schedule. Find the app here.
  • You can plan to eat at the fest, because Burro Cheese Kitchen, Cazamance, The Salt Lick, Chi’Lantro, Frank, Black Sheep Lodge, Haymaker and many more will be there.
  • Passes are still on sale. You can buy 1 Day, 3 Day, or the Ultimate Smooth Pass – offering exclusive viewing areas, dedicated bars, access to the South Austin Country Club, and other sweet hookups.
  • You’ll want to buy passes, because if you buy a pass you can get into the festival, which is the best part.
  • Your pass also grants you FREE entry to all of the FFF Nites shows, featuring more than 100 FFF performing artists and a roster of aftershow-only acts like MSTRKRFT, Meat Puppets and more.

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Since the festival’s inception in 2006, Fun Fun Fun Fest has always tried to go bigger than the year prior. The 9th installment of the festival will continue that trend from November 7-9, fusing a wide range of music (on genre-specific stages) with extreme sports, comedy, and progressive art. Doors are at 11am each day, with the Fest beginning at 11:30am and ending at 10pm each day.

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One thing to look out for this year is going to be the insanely boss Volcom Super Collider, a ramp so badass it needs to be seen to be believed. Designed by Volcom’s Remy Stratton, the building has been undertaken by Austin’s Ryan Corrigan and the non-profit organization, Project Loop. In tow to take on this beast will be Dustin Dollin, Grant Taylor, Ryan Sheckler, Dennis Busenitz and many more. This is going to provide hours of entertainment.

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Music

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As for this year’s musical selections, one can’t help but salivate at the wide variety of awesome bands to choose from. Headliners ranging from Nas to Modest Mouse to alt-J are coupled with equally great acts like Death from Above 1979The Blood BrothersBlack Lips, Run The Jewels, Gary Numan and more.

Rap fanatics will get the likes of 2 Chainz, Run the Jewels and Wiz Khalifa. Hard rockers can watch out for METZ, Glassjaw, and freakin’ Judas Priest. If you’re looking to chill out go see Sun Kil Moon, Courtney Barnett, or Flying Lotus.

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Comedy

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Laughter will be provided by Portland’s favorite son, Fred Armisen, Silicon Valley stars Thomas Middleditch and Kumail Nanjiani, along with Wrestling Matches, Battle Raps, and local comedians among numerous others. And it wouldn’t be a Fun Fest without the Air Sex Championships.

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Nites

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The Fun Fun Fun Fest Nites lineup features both aftershow-only acts like MSTRKRFT, Meat Puppets, Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Octopus Project, Negative Approach, MC Chris, and Power Trip, along with festival favorites like Dinosaur Jr., Guided by Voices, Angel Olsen, Dum Dum Girls, The Blood Brothers, Neil Hamburger, Kumail Nanjiani, and Mineral.

Venues include Mohawk, Red 7, Belmont, ACL Live, The North Door, Hotel Vegas, Beerland and more. FFF Wristband holders will have a plethora of amazing shows to choose from at the end of each night, all for $0.

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Single day passes are going for $85 a piece, while 3 day passes are available for $195. For more information on the festival, or a chance to win a pair of passes to any of the three days, visit Do512!

The Psychedelic Furs w/ The Lemonheads at Emo’s

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The Psychedelic Furs need no introduction. London brothers Richard and Tim Butler formed the group back in 1977, riding the coat tails of the burgeoning British punk scene. Branded as early pioneers of new wave, The Furs had a string of hits featured in classic 80′s films, most notably Pretty In Pink.

While there is no denying their emergence as a punk-inspired band, the Psychedelic Furs have always had a softer side that resulted in a number of anthemic ballads. And unlike some rockers who haven’t aged so well, these guys have still got it.


Evan Griffith Dando formed The Lemonheads with two high school buddies in late winter ’86, in their senior year at Boston’s tiny Commonwealth School. A few months later, they spawned what is now one of the most sought-after punk relics of the 80s, the indie EP Laughing All the Way to the Cleaners.

The volatile band has experienced more than a dozen different configurations over the years, with lead singer Dando as the only constant. We hope the current lineup can still play the best cover of “Mrs. Robinson” that ever was.

Opening for these legends of rock and roll is the Austin-based band My Jerusalem, whose latest album, Preachers, was recorded by Spoon’s Jim Eno at his Public Hi-Fi studio. To win a pair of tickets, or for more information on the show visit us at Do512!

See Michael Myers on Halloween at Alamo Drafthouse

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John Carpenter’s Halloween is arguably one of the best horror/slasher flicks of all time. Originally released in 1978, the film grossed about $55 million worldwide, making it one of the most successful independent films ever made. Its effects can be seen in the Friday the 13th series, in the Nightmare on Elm Street series, in the Hellraiser films, and in the entire Scream series.

It’s got Jamie Lee Curtis as the lead, shrieking babysitter in peril, a bogeyman in a costume store William Shatner mask turned inside out, with a spooky soundtrack and suspenseful stalkings that leave the audience feeling insecure, unsettled and paranoid, believing that every dark moment is potentially life-threatening. The original movie exploded into a series of 10 films, novels, and comic books. It’s an absolute classic.

This Halloween, stop by the Alamo Drafthouse to experience Michael Myers murder madness on the big screen. Reserve your tickets ASAP, then buy yourself some popcorn and candy treats, and be prepared for a few tricks!

A Beginner’s Guide to the Austin Film Festival | 2014

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For a first timer, the Austin Film Festival can be overwhelming. First, there is the incredible number of films to consider; dramas, comedies, documentaries, mockumentaries. Films boasting famous casts and revered directors are showcased next to indie darlings, no frills documentaries, and themed shorts.

The online AFF schedule offers a brief synopsis and trailer for each film, resulting in binge watching of over 100 films as you attempt to narrow down your choices. Thankfully, a majority of the films screen twice.

Then comes the conferences, with afternoons full of engaging discussions based around everything from writing and producing a web series to “Chicks with Bics” (women writers). The conferences, hosted by established writers and industry leaders, could be a festival all on their own. And then, of course, the parties! The once in a lifetime opportunity to rub shoulders with great cinematic visionaries of our generation at a number of happy hours, dinner parties, and after parties.

After perusing the handy AFF scheduler and talking to past festival goers (and present attendees), I decided to design this Beginner’s Guide to the Austin Film Festival, with tips for other first timers as well as recommendations for things to see and do.

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1. Network!

Over and over (over) I was told that AFF is one of the best places to network. Talk to strangers, hand out your business card, and don’t be scared to speak up. While it is advised to not speak during the films, the plethora of parties and conferences give great opportunities to introduce yourself to like minded people.

2. Come with a flexible schedule in mind.

Timing can be tricky at AFF with so many amazing films and conferences to attend. Head to the festival with an outline in mind but don’t feel the need to stick with it. Be flexible and open to attending films or panels that you didn’t notice right away.

3. Attend as many panels as possible.

While much of the attention goes towards the films at the festival, it is the panels which can be the most worthwhile. Aspiring filmmakers of all sorts will be privy to advice from some of the best writers and directors in the industry. Topics range from general panels on writing and film, to genre specific, or even dissections of famous films and how they transformed from screenplay to screen.

For example, Chicks with Bics:

Women make up a small percentage of writers in Hollywood, and working toward a full-time career in the industry requires of lot of flexibility and persistence. While this can certainly lend itself to a demanding journey, female artists are continuously changing the landscape of film and television for the better. Come chat with these devoted “chicks with bics” about their stories, viewpoints, and advice.

Panelists: Jenny Lumet, Tiffany Paulsen, Pamela Ribbon, Liz Tigelaar

Also, a panel on Artistic Integrity:

Whether you want to direct your own script or hand it over to someone else, the process from script to screen often entails an arduous path of compromise and readjustment. This panel will focus on finding a balance while staying true to the heart of your story, finding success in an oversaturated marketplace, and selling your screenplay without selling your soul.

Panelist: Steve Faber (Wedding Crashers)

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With that advice in mind, here’s a list of recommended events for 2014:

1. Opening Night Films:

 The Humbling

Based on Philip Roth’s final novel, The Humbling tells the story of over-the-hill stage actor Simon Axler (Al Pacino) and his struggles to find his passion for life again. Near his breaking point, he finds motivation in the form of a young and lustful lesbian, Pegeen Stapleford (Greta Gerwig), but as their relationship heats up Simon has a hard time keeping up with the youthful Pegeen. The Humbling is directed by Barry Levinson and also stars Kyra Sedgwick, Charles Grodin, Dianne Wiest and Nina Arianda.

 The Last 5 Years

A struggling actress (Anna Kendrick) and her novelist lover (Jeremy Jordan) look back on the last half-decade of their relationship from very different viewpoints, in this adaptation of the hit Broadway musical from writer-director Richard LaGravenese.

2. Closing Night Film:

 Rosewater

The feature film Rosewater is based on the New York Times best-selling memoir Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival,” written by the BBC journalist Maziar Bahari. A true story, the film marks the screenwriting and directorial debut of The Daily Show host and anchor Jon Stewart, and stars Gael Garcia Bernal, leading an international cast.

3. Indie Movies with heart:

 Phantom Halo

Brothers Samuel and Beckett Emerson long ago found a way to keep their family afloat despite their drunken father’s nasty gambling habit: While Samuel distracts crowds of passerby with his Shakespearean monologues, Beckett, a master pickpocket, makes his way through the unsuspecting crowd. And then their small, impoverished world crumbles when their father gets in over his head with a dangerous loan shark.

Shakespeare and petty thievery are abandoned for Samuel’s belief in the superpowers of his comic book hero, Phantom Halo, and Beckett’s friend’s ability to counterfeit the perfect $100 note. Suddenly, the small-time world as the Emerson family knew it is turned upside down as the brothers do all they can to break free from the mud that traps them.

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 Looking for Lions

A naive young couple looking for work find themselves immersed in the dangerous and clandestine world of the black market organ trade. At the same time, a devoted husband has his world turned upside down when his wife falls ill with heart disease. At the end of his rope, he is shown an opportunity to save his wife, and he is just desperate enough to take it. His last ditch effort sends the new couriers on a harrowing job that will put their love to the ultimate test and leave them changed forever. A story that confronts the broken healthcare system in this country by showing the lengths people will go to save the ones they love.

 Dawn Patrol

A surfer-turned-Marine (Scott Eastwood) held at gunpoint tells his tragic story of revenge-gone-wrong to stall his execution. With the screenplay originating out of Austin Film Festival’s 2008 Screenplay Competition, Dawn Patrol (formerly Stranded) was acquired by Dan Petrie Jr and Rick Dugdale at Enderby Entertainment and makes its way back to Texas this October for its World Premiere.

4. Documentaries we can’t wait to see:

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WORLD PREMIERE – Hardy is a documentary which offers a glimpse into the world of a female boxer who holds her own when it comes to parenting, providing and kicking ass. She realizes that the secret to her own happiness lies within the promise of success in boxing. Her troubled past and intimate relationship with her trainer portray a dynamic world that compels the audience to fight with her. Written by UT grad Natasha Verma.

 The Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats It’s Young

Every year 40 runners come from around the world to a small town in Tennessee to test their limits at a cult-like, quirky, and virtually impossible trail race. With a secret application process, unknown start time, and a course that changes every year, The Barkley Marathons has only had 10 people finish in 25 years. Inspired by a historic prison escape gone awry, what follows is an oddly inspiring story where pain has value, failure is spectacular, and it only costs $1.60.

 Crazy Carl and His Man Boobs: An Austin Love Story

Crazy Carl and His Man-Boobs: An Austin Love Story is an enlightening tale about one of Austin, Texas’ most eccentric personalities who is still “Keeping Austin Weird.” A hippie, flower spinner and perennial city council candidate, Crazy Carl Hickerson was on the front row during the decade that defined the free-spirited and fun-loving Austin. He is the perfect character through which to experience the cultural, economic and psychedelic forces that came together in the 1970′s to make Austin, Austin. Crazy Carl reminds us of the old Austin before it spins away.

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For passes, schedules and more info visit austinfilmfestival.com.

- Contributed by Page Jensen-Slattengren

Read our Artist Conversations from ACL Fest 2014

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The second weekend of ACL Fest 2014 not only had a much better fate than that of last year’s torrential downpour cancellations on Sunday, but it also brought us a great set from Lorde plus a slew of artists to chat with.

We sat down with a trifecta of Nashville artists including Johnnyswim, Colony House and Blank Range, as well as the UK’s Catfish & The Bottlemen. Check out our conversations below.

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Johnnyswim


We didn’t bother to ask the meaning behind Johnnyswim’s intriguing band name, because we knew they’d make up an answer as they’ve done numerous times before.

The husband/wife musical duo has always seemed like somewhat of a contradiction in terms of rock and roll mythology. This is something that Amanda and Abner are keenly aware of, and it’s informed how they view themselves in the music sphere. They have a fierce, us-against-the-world attitude that serves them well both in terms of songwriting and how they present themselves.

“Well, we’ve put out a lot of EP’s and singles. We did that on purpose. We’ve been playing together for 9 years, and when we first started there were almost no duos at that point,” said Abner. “We figured people were going to ask: “What, are you going to be Sonny and Cher?” So we put out some EP’s but found that the experience of playing live was far different than our recordings. Then we moved to Los Angeles and decided to just record at home. We had like one microphone, and borrowed Logic and we recorded what would become Diamonds,” referring to their debut LP, Diamonds.

“It’s the album title, also the title track and single of the album. We wrote it after a friend of ours pissed us off. He said “What are you doing being in a duo? This is dumb. Here’s a quarter, use it to call me when you’re homeless,” Abner explained, in regards to the album title. “So that was 5 years ago. Last year our first television performance was on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The next day, that same guy called us and didn’t say congratulations. He just asked us where we had gotten the hook up to be on the show. The funny thing is, you almost can’t fault him. He just doesn’t know better.”

The couple take turns playfully interrupting one another, in the flirty cadence that only two people who are clearly nuts about each other can. When asked if they were able to catch any live shows at the festival, the manic nature of their travel schedule becomes immediately clear.

“We literally flew in this morning, got in around noon, came straight to catering and we go from here to sound check, play the show, then we fly out. We’re going to have the least entertaining ACL experience of anyone other than the guy who cleans the port-o-potties. Although we’ve seen him and he puts on a great performance.”

Johnnyswim are clearly a band that rely on a well-grounded sense of humor. That and an impeccable knack for two-pronged melody.

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 Colony House

“It’s been great. Great crowds, great response. Everyone’s treated us way better than we’re used to being treated,” Colony House says enthusiastically when asked about their ACL performance. They’re a band that is clearly experiencing the pinnacle of their career thus far, with a gratitude that’s disarmingly sincere. These guys have clearly played shows for much smaller, much less appreciative audiences than at ACL Fest. They seem particularly surprised that their show in Dallas the night before was sold out. “There were people singing loudly along with us, which is a new thing for us. People that know the songs by heart.”

It’s a nice thing to hear from a band made up of musicians that are earnestly excited about playing music. There’s a firm sense that hard work has payed off for this group, and they seem to realize it. The band is from Nashville, a town so steeped in the musical tradition that its name alone is shorthand for contemporary groups like The Black Keys, Jack White, and Kings of Leon.

“The Wild Feathers, Diarrhea Planet, Drew Holcomb, Leagues… There’s a lot of great alternative music in Nashville right now. It’s really fun to be a part of an emerging scene. Everyone is gunning for each other, and is a part of changing the scene.”

By their easy going demeanor, it’s no great surprise that these guys are friendly with the other local talent. “Everyone seems like they’re on the same team,” they conclude.

“When I Was Younger is our first full-length, we put it out two months ago and it’s been awesome. We didn’t know what to expect, because we’d never done this before. We took our time with it, and we’re with a great label. It’s been really incredible. It took us about two years to record, and it’s appropriate because the album was a journey to record. So much time happened between the start and the end,” the band states.

It’s clear that the time was well spent. The record is a bristling 44-minute exploration of Americana-tinged indie rock. Colony House clearly have an exciting journey laid out ahead of them.

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 Blank Range

 

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When you type “roommate’s girlfriend” slowly into Google search, the engine might suggest “..has a key” or “..stays over too much,” but what you ideally want to reach is a link to the effervescent track from a certain Phase II EP.

The Nashville five-piece Blank Range was born out of six degrees of band separation a few years ago, and languidly released the six-song recording back in March of 2013, as well as a self-released vinyl 45 in November. The full length album is in the works for 2015, and we could not possibly be more anxious to see what these hot chicken advocates cook up.

“We have been working hard on writing for a while now, and we have a couple weeks after we finish this tour,” guitarist and vocalist Grant Gustafson said. “It’s looking like we are going to be on the road quite a bit next year, but we are psyched. We are having a great time on tour right now.”

The guys look like a group of beer-drinkers you would find shooting pool and eating (maybe making) pizza, and their approachable demeanor, coupled with obvious talent, has already scored them a supporting slot for three shows with Alice in Chains and festival gigs at Bonnaroo, Revival Fest and Austin City Limits. When they shot through Austin to play ACL, they performed on the BMI Stage both weekends, as well as two sold-out late night shows at The Continental Club and Lamberts.

As Blank Range spent their time in Austin masking out the overzealous dealing of Kind Bars at the fest with Figure 8 Coffee and Homeslice Pizza, we found our appetite for tracks such as “Same Sun” and “Last Crash Landing” unfulfilled. Lucky for us, the band has decided to see what SXSW is all about, and we will get our next helping come March.

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Catfish and the Bottlemen

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Friday afternoon was a hot and humid start to the second weekend of ACL. Sweating as we sat and chatted on leather clad bohemian stools under the lone oak tree in the media lounge, all Van McCann could think about was how hot it was. “ACL is good, it’s just so fucking hot. The people are nice, it’s exciting, it’s just hot,” lamented the lead singer of the Welsh rock band Catfish and the Bottlemen.

His preoccupation with the Texas heat is understandable considering this Welsh rocker has not spent much time in this neck of the woods, outside of the band’s first appearance at SXSW earlier this year. “It’s only our second time in Austin. It’s mad, but it’s exciting.”

The leap from discovery to an appearance at ACL Fest is impressive considering the band has yet to put out their debut album in the States. But with super catchy melodies, gritty guitar riffs and self-assured vocals courtesy of McCann, it’s not difficult to see how they’ve managed to find success in such a short period of time.

At 22, McCann assures me that despite their youth and being immersed in an industry that typically comes with having fun, they take the craft of making music seriously. Not even Austin’s nightlife could distract them.

“We just like making music, do you know what I mean? Nothing else comes close to it. No parties, no bars, no women. I vibe when I’m on stage and really I’m done with partying. I did all that when I was younger,” says McCann.

Nursing my own hangover in the sweltering afternoon sun, I understood exactly what he meant and was slightly jealous that I hadn’t followed his advice earlier myself. The band had been so busy that they hadn’t had a chance to experience any of the festival. “We really like The Preatures, but we haven’t had a chance to see anyone yet. We’ve just been working, but it’s all good.”

Catfish & the Bottlemen will benefit not only from their talent, but from this kind of work ethic. Be on the lookout for the next time they travel to Austin and maybe, just maybe, take them out and show these guys what this town is all about. Fun.

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Click here to see more of our artist conversations from ACL Fest 2014

Austin Film Festival Spotlight: The HARDY Premiere

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In celebration of Austin Film Festival, Do512 interviewed Natasha Verma, the writer and director of Hardy (as well as an alumnus of the University of Texas.) The film will be screening tonight at the Rollins Theatre at 7:10pm for the opening night of the Austin Film Festival, and again on Wednesday, October 29 at 4:00pm at the Alamo Drafthouse Village.

Hardy is the inspirational, true story of Heather Hardy from Brooklyn, a woman who was raped and uses boxing as a way to fight back. She trains at the legendary Gleason’s Gym where Mike Tyson and Muhammad Ali once trained, was recently featured in The New York Times, and became the WBC international champ a couple of nights ago.

The film chronicles her struggle to balance her training with raising her child as a single parent – while also pursuing a difficult relationship with her demanding trainer, who is also her lover.

Natasha Verma is a 20-year-old journalist, filmmaker, and producer. She graduated from the University of Texas with two degrees in Broadcast Journalism and Biology at the age of 17 (making her the youngest UT grad ever). She has recently received her M.S. with honors from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and currently works as an anchor for NBC2 News. Hardy is her directorial debut.

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Do512: You are widely known as a journalist and newscaster, what was your inspiration to step behind the camera?

Natasha: At Columbia we were studying TV journalism as short story narrative but I have always been fascinated with the long narrative format. Filmmaking allows you to be more creative in that space and time.

Do512: As a first time filmmaker, what unexpected difficulties arose during the making of Hardy?

Natasha: Being a first time documentary filmmaker I didnt know how much time would be involved. You really spend 24/7 with the character and have to knock down any barriers to get to the root of the story and the character. Thankfully I had amazing support and amazing mentors to see me through any difficulties and make this into the film that it is.

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Do512: Did you have a lot of knowledge about boxing going into the film?

Natasha: I had very basic knowledge but Heather truly won me over, I have gained so much respect for the sport because of her. It was such a learning experience in so many ways. Heather has so much heart in and out of the ring and is truly such a fighter.

Do512: The film touches on two hot button topics at the moment: violence against women, as well as the pay inequality that exists between men and women. What conversations are you hoping to start with this film?

Natasha: I want both women and men to walk away feeling inspired after watching this film. Heather is the ultimate inspiration, she came from a bad situation and uses boxing as a way to fight back. I’m hoping viewers will start a conversation about gender inequality, both inside and outside of the boxing ring. It is still a thing that is going on today. The best way to create awareness is to start conversations such as this.

Do512: What advice do you have to aspiring film and journalism students at your alma mater, UT?

Natasha: Keep at it. There will be a lot of times when you want to quit or hit obstacles, but you just have to keep going.

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Hardy will be screening the opening night of Austin Film Festival tonight at the Rollins Theatre and again Wed. Oct. 29th 4:00-5:15 at the Alamo Drafthouse Village.

- Contributed by Page Jensen-Slattengren

Citizen Generation Pledges $10k to Austin Pets Alive!

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Austin Pets Alive! has a name that perfectly describes it’s modus operandi. They strive to keep Austin animal shelters under the “no kill” policy. Unfortunately, this is a costly thing to do. With the massive number of pets without homes, keeping animal shelters no-kill is a difficult task.

Which brings us to Citizen Generation, who recently pledged $10,000 in matching funds to local organizations Austin Pets Alive! and A Legacy of Giving. With this generous donation, a whole lot of animals will be able to stay at their respective shelters and have a shot at being adopted into a loving family. They have saved more than 25,000 animals from euthanasia since 2008. If that’s not good news, we don’t know what is.

If you’re unfamiliar with any or all of these names, we’ll fill you in. Citizen Generation is a local non-profit that specializes in a large number of philanthropic endeavors in the Austin area. From combating homelessness to environmentally conscious efforts during SXSW, Austin is lucky to have Citizen Generation in its roster of altruistic organizations.

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Citizen Generation’s second beneficiary, A Legacy of Giving, is a nonprofit dedicated to empowering children through philanthropy education and youth philanthropy programs to become more engaged in improving their communities. A Legacy of Giving will kick off the $10,000 match opportunity later in the year with the national day of giving, Giving Tuesday. Beginning on Tuesday, December 2, people will have the opportunity to double their support of philanthropy education in K-12 Austin area schools.

To make a donation to Austin Pets Alive!, visit austinpetsalive.org/donate.